Honey bee (Apis mellifera) on wild rose. RICHARD SCHNEIDER

Beneath the Buzz: Alberta’s Native Bees as Nature’s Unsung Heroes

22 April 2024

What’s the buzz? What’s happening with Alberta’s unsung nature heroes: native bees!

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Survival Against the Odds: Alberta’s Half-moon Hairstreak Butterfly

29 September 2023


Waterton Lakes National Park is truly one of the most remarkable areas in all of Alberta, where natural beauty is partnered with rich and unique biological diversity. Although you would not expect it, the story of one of Alberta’s rarest insects begins here, under the late-winter snow. This is a story of unexpected alliances, remarkable specialization, and perseverance in the face of catastrophic adversity, and it all takes place on the Blakiston Fan.

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Spiders: The Misunderstood Jewels of Alberta’s Biodiversity

7 July 2023

Alberta is home to 628 species of spiders, representing almost half of those recorded in Canada. That’s more than the number of bird species we have in the province. Despite this great diversity, you are unlikely to encounter more than a small fraction of these species because many of them are either too small, have cryptic behaviours, or live in remote habitats.

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Photo Credit: Logi Aer

Butterflies for Beginners

11 April 2023


My experience is that once you’ve been bitten by the entomology bug, you won’t look back. A good place to start, if you are keen to expand your biodiversity horizons, is butterflies. Butterflies provide a good introduction to the world of insects for a variety of reasons. Many species are bright, colourful, and not too hard to find.

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The Wonderful World Of Bees

14 March 2023

Recorded Presentation
Speaker: Megan Evans
Host: Nature Alberta

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Photo credit: Jason Headley

Exploring the Amazing World of Ants

13 January 2023


Ants are an integral and ever-present part of Alberta landscapes. Besides being resilient, ants are diverse, numerous, and ecologically important. In this article we take a deep dive into the ants of Alberta.

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Pollination on a Wing and a Prayer: Wood Lilies and Swallowtails

1 October 2022


Examine the remarkably close relationship between wood lilies and swallowtail butterflies.

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Photo Credit: John Acorn.

Do You “Do Bugs”?

2 November 2021


Bug appreciation is on the rise. Macro photography is easier than ever before, and there are countless places online where you can submit arthropod images for identification or appreciation by others.

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Rocky Mountain Wood Ticks (Dermacentor andersoni) by Dan Johnson, Lethbridge

Ticked Off

21 July 2021

As you get ready for bed, your mind wanders and you think, “Did I lock the door? Did I turn off the stove? Did I blow out that candle…?” But did you remember to check for unwanted guests that may have hitched a ride home with you on your afternoon hike? It could be that tiny pests are ready to dig in for a feast!

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Bumble bee by Richard Schneider

Plight of the Bumble Bee

21 July 2021


There is a good chance you have heard the slogan “save the bees” somewhere, perhaps on social media or on a flyer at the local coffee shop. But to clarify, which bees does this sentiment refer to? Which bees need saving? Read about the plight of the bumble bee, who cares, what is being done and, most importantly, what you can do to save the bees.

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